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MPH in Health Services: Social & Behavioral Sciences concentration

To achieve long-term change in the health and quality of life of populations, the SBS Program will; advance and disseminate knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences as applied to public health; train highly competent researchers in the social and behavioral sciences as applied to public health; train able and effective public health practitioners in the social and behavioral sciences; train students to work with communities to use research in the development and implementation of social and behavioral science-based policy and program models, planning and practice tools, and communication materials and methods; and train students to advocate for social and behavioral science policy alternatives that promote effective clinical and public health practice. The SBS Program seeks to impact the most broadly defined set of communities - from those that are international to those in which we live and work, each made up of diverse populations.

Likely Careers

Graduates of the concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences will have the background and skills to pursue careers in research or in public health practice.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Health Services


Application Deadline:  December 1, for Autumn Quarter entry

More information

Program Website

Student Recruitment Specialist
206-616-1397
hservask@uw.edu


Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Health Services, Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice;
  • Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations;
  • Identify individual, organizational, and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions;
  • Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, policies, and interventions;
  • Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, policies, and interventions;
  • Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems;
  • Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies;
  • Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions;
  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation; and
  • Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.